Fearmongers tell us true artificial intelligence will eventually destroy us. Conspiracy theorists say it’s already here and running many of the biggest companies and organizations in the world. Philosophers are just as concerned as scientists over the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.
They may all be correct.
Or they may all be very wrong.
We won’t know until it gets here, and most current projections on the development of artificial general intelligence place it somewhere in the next 10-50 years. That means whether we love it or hate it, embrace it or fear it, one way or another we need to be ready for it.
Briefly, artificial general intelligence, which is what most perceive when they imagine what artificial intelligence really is, will mimic and eventually exceed human intelligence as a way of solving (or creating) problems. It’s a convergence of the speed, capacity, and protocols necessary for artificial consciousness, a topic about which there is no consensus. Even those who claim to know a lot about consciousness readily admit our understanding is incomplete. That may be what’s most disturbing about the prospects of artificial intelligence. We have yet to unlock the secrets of our own consciousness, which makes the creation of an artificial consciousness terrifying.
This video delves into some of the fears and potential pitfalls associated with artificial general intelligence. I recommend watching it.
As a society, we need to prepare ourselves for something that nobody fully understands. Perhaps that comes in the form of spiritual readiness. Perhaps it means digging a hole in New Zealand and hoping for the best. We’ll soon find out.